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Q-Squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis

Paul Shaffer


This book examines the underlying assumptions and implications of how we conceptualize and investigate poverty. The empirical entry point for such inquiry is a series of research initiatives which have used mixed method, or Q-squared (Q2), combined qualitative and quantitative approaches, to poverty analysis. Systematic review of the Q2 literature is relevant in itself in that it highlights the vast range of analytical tools within the social sciences which may be used to understand and explain social phenomena, along with interesting research results. This literature also serves as a lens to ... More

Keywords: poverty, mixed methods, qualitative, quantitative, epistemology, knowledge, validity, causation, causal inference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199676903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Shaffer, author
Associate Professor, Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Canada